What matters here is the remarkable scope of the story and its narrative power. About the Author Ramez Naam is a professional technologist, and was involved in the development of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Outlook.
His non-fiction book More Than Human won the H. Wells Award. Clarke Award. He is a nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
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Licklider published a landmark paper under the title "Man-Computer Symbiosis. But Licklider's writing has gained him the reputation as a pioneer in artificial intelligence as well. His paper foresaw a time when machines would surpass the human capacity to reason. However, he did not envision machines replacing human beings. Instead, Licklider's vision was built around the concept of symbiosis. Unlike some of our contemporaries most prominently, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and Elon Muskhe was hopeful that machines would free us from drudgery and open up vast new possibilities for the human race.
Today, more than half a century later, advances in artificial intelligence and neuroscience suggest the real possibility that Licklider's vision may be realized. The most prominent of latter-day visionaries in the field, Ray Kurzweil, famously predicts that computer intelligence will overtake humans' by He calls this event the singularity. The skeptics fear that advanced artificial intelligences will not just surpass humans but supersede us, eventually leading to the extinction of the human race.
By contrast, Kurzweil and his adherents insist that humans will gradually gain powerful new abilities by incorporating machine-based intelligence and enhanced sensory perception, advancing the human race into a bionic, transhuman future. But will the transformation of humanity by artificial intelligence stop there?
This is the premise of Ramez Naam's brilliant science fiction trilogy. In Nexus, the first of the three novels, Naam explores the circumstances in which the conflict between humans and post-humans emerges into the open. Although the book is unquestionably imaginative, it is far from fantasy. Naam is a computer scientist and is intimately familiar with contemporary neurological research into using computer interface technology to enhance human cognitive abilities.
Nexus is skillfully written and a page-turner. It's undoubtedly a work of fiction. However, as Naam writes in a postscript to the novel, "to the best of my abilities, the science described in the science fiction is fully accurate. While the idea of a technology like Nexus that allows people to communicate mind-to-mind may seem far-fetched, precursors of that technology are here today. I give you, Nexus. The Matrix High schoolers who are testing out science fiction for the first time demand engaging and brisk reads.
These entry level novels are all over the fantasy shelf, but are sorely lacking in the science fiction shelf thank goodness The Martian came out last year.
It slips off a little when the It's a chilling take on the near future - and all too believable, in part thanks to a rigorous research from the author. From time to time, it's depressing to read, but well worth pushing through. It's interesting that, specially in the beginning, both sides of the conflict are given their due, Wall - Earthshaker - The Best Of Nexus Years (CD) a problem with no easy solutions.
It slips off a little when the author's bias start to shift the balance from a grey area into a black and white one, but it's not enough to take a star from it. My only gripes on this book are that a it doesn't even try to pretend it's a self contained story not a bad thing in itself, but not my personal preferenceand b the US special forces manage to botch two operations in the span os a couple days, both times in a catastrophic scale.
In this book they are the heavies of the story I expect that'll change a little in the sequelsand my personal preference is that the forces opposing the protagonist be smarter than what these morons showed themselves to be, Wall - Earthshaker - The Best Of Nexus Years (CD).
Its a good action thriller, and it is highly educative on future technologies and it's potential risks and rewards. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Nexus is the story of nano biotechnologically enhanced players in a world dominated by a few power brokers. I was looking for a fictional representation of nanotechnology and in a limited sense, I guess I found it. However, leaving aside the central idea of the potential impact of bio-engineering on humankind, the book is lamentable.
It is poorly written, the characters are one-dimensional and the plot predictable. The only encouragement I drew from reading this novel is that there is a huge gap in the market for someone wanting to write a quality fiction on the topic.
Is there anyone up to the challenge? The field is wide open. Report abuse. As a Computer Science undergradate, this subject fascinates me. The ability of computation and interfacing to a brain and between brains is literally my dream. This book highlights the dangers of a world where modification due to technology is abundant and all the socio-political mess that comes with it, including much soul searching and ethical-boundary issues.
A highly recommended read for people who enjoy a science fiction novel with plenty of technical goodies Hard Sci-fi and contains a narrative that literally stops you from putting this book down.
If you could touch the mind of others, what could you accomplish? A lover, a colleague, a friend, a relative. To experience raw concepts without the conversion to language as a medium. To relive memories shared of a life a generation ago. To feel and share the Wall - Earthshaker - The Best Of Nexus Years (CD) another person is going through and be able to comfort them in the most intimate way possible, to let them know your true feelings in utter clarity.
Ramez Naam is a supporter for transhumanism, and this book this trilogy perfectly embodies that goal. The world in Nexus is set in approx where such technologies could exist that 'enhance the human condition'.
This isn't just a fictional novel but a possible extrapolation given today's technological feats and engineering. The author even outlines several research studies and experiments, at the end of the book, which show how technology has already improved people's lives. Electrodes implanted in the brain to help a blind man see and even drive! Even then, some of these preliminary research experiments were set in the early 's, and look how much technology has grown since then.
It feels real enough to be a possibility for our immediate future, containing well Wall - Earthshaker - The Best Of Nexus Years (CD) processes for the underlying technologies, including the world's response to these technologies and the 'fear' around their use Just look at general public response to ever increasing AIs. It really leaves you wanting to read more, and gets you excited and also concerned for our future where nano-scale technology may, one day, enable us to directly interface technology with our neurons in our brains.
It leaves you asking: What does it mean to be human? What a fantastic series the Nexus Trilogy is! Please help this article by looking for better, more reliable sources.
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